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Test Report for Star Track SRT 2010 HD

 
Star Track SRT 2010 HD

A HDTV receiver is essentially a device that receives and decodes high definition TV signals. HDTV receivers are needed along with a High Definition Ready TV set to view high definition programming. Sometimes an HDTV receiver is also referred to as an HDTV tuner or HDTV decoder. One of such HDTV receiver has been manufactured by Start Track named SRT 2010 HD.

Front panel of SRT 2010 HD is very flat. One may fine numerous buttons there. There is also a smart card reader for encrypted service access. Rear panel is equipped with all connections. One may find USB connection, when connecting to external USB storage device and HDMI connects to the TV by using a HDMI cable for the best quality picture and audio. There’s even a good old RS-232 interface available that can be used to upload/download channel lists. It’s all topped off with a main power switch, something that you unfortunately don’t always find on other receiver brands. The included remote control is just as elegant and sits nicely in your hands. The buttons are ideally labeled and after only a short time getting to know the remote you’d be able to operate every function blindfolded. All of the buttons are easy to reach and easy to depress.

After the receiver has been connected to the satellite antenna system and the TV and it has been turned on for the first time, the Installation Assistant immediately appears. Each satellite has its own configuration menu in which numerous parameters can be set up. In addition to a variety of useable local oscillator frequency (LOF) values, there are also LNB settings available based on the SCR standard. SRT 2010 HD supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS protocol. The receiver has the capacity to store 10,000 TV and Radio channels. You can select the following search mode. Auto Search Mode : Satellite : Press the OK button to select the target satellite to be searched. Search Type : Select the search type. Network Search : You can select Off or On. When you select ‘On’, you can find more transponders using the home network. As it refers to NIT during searching, if there is the frequency information of other transponder, it searches the other transponder besides the transponder that the user inputs. Manual Search Mode : Satellite : Press the OK button to select the target satellite for search. Frequency : Select the frequency from the list to search. Symbol rate : Enter the symbol rate using the NUMERIC buttons. Network Search : You can select Off or On. When you select ‘On’, you can find more transponders using the home network. As it refers to NIT during searching, if there is the frequency information of other transponder, it searches the other transponder besides the transponder that the user inputs. Blind Search Mode : Satellite : Press the OK button to select multiple satellites.

Frequency: Set Auto to search whole frequency, Set Manual to search only desired frequency. Polarity : Select the polarity. (All Polarity/Vertical/Horizontal).

In addition to a variety of language choices (subtitle, teletext, audio language, etc.), it is also possible to change the video output signal. The reciver supports PAL and NTSC in 1080i, 720p and 576p resolutions. There’s also an automatic mode that matches the resolution to each transmission resulting in optimal picture quality. Naturally, the receiver can also automatically recognize and take 4:3 signals and either display them with black bars on either side of the image on modern 16:9 TVs or zoom in on the image. Also worth mentioning is the Video switching option. This option essentially keeps the current channel image on the screen until the new channel is ready to be displayed.

It is also possible to delete a group of channels with the push of one button plus you can transfer channel data, system settings and timer entries to an external medium so that this data can be worked on using an Editor program on a PC. After wards, this modified data can be uploaded back to the receiver via its USB interface. After the channel list has been edited to your liking, a push of the Exit button takes you out of the main menu and the SRT 2010 HD switches to the first receivable channel. After each channel change an informative Info bar appears that provides information on the current channel including language selection, teletext, encryption, subtitles, etc. as well as programming information on the current and upcoming programs. Even signal strength and signal quality is displayed in the form of bar graphs. A push of the Info button displays an expanded EPG view of the current program as long as this data is made available by the provider. A second push of the Info button displays detailed reception information on the current channel. As is typical with almost every receiver on the market, and the Star Track is no different, the channel list appears with a push of the OK button. It is very clearly laid out with HD and encrypted channels easily recognizable. The more channels that can be received, the more important it is to have a decent electronic programming guide (EPG) since in the end the user wants to maintain an overview and always be kept up to date on current programs. SRT 2010 HD comes with a variety of other practical features that we briefly want to touch on here: there’s a PIP function (picture-in-picture) that lets you watch another channel during lengthy commercial breaks and also makes it easy to switch between these channels.

The Mosaic function displays the current program from 4 or 6 channels next to each other in a minimized format that gives you an overview of what’s playing, for example, on your favorite channels. And to guarantee that you’ll never be bored, the manufacturer also included two video games that can help pass the time during commercials. The Zoom function magnifies a highlighted portion of the video image and teletext pages can also be displayed. SRT 2010 HD has remained with their external hard drive concept and for good reason. Today’s external hard drives are not nearly as expensive as they used to be, come with plenty of space and can be easily carried around from one place to another. Numerous PVR functions performed correctly during our tests no matter how hard we tried to derail the receiver with multiple recordings, timers and time shifting. The receiver did whatever we asked it to and reliably recorded all of our selected programs. The receiver can also remember where a playback was stopped so that it can continue from the point it was stopped the next time playback is started.


 

 

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